Category Archives: COLUMNIST

College Basketball – UK makes easy work of North Dakota 11-14-18

UK cruises past North Dakota – Photo submitted by BSN

Lexington, KY – John Turner – Basketball Columnist for Bluegrass Sports Nation – 11-14-18

The Kentucky Wildcats took a huge fall in the College AP rankings this week dropping from #2 to #10. The Wildcats came in 1-1 on the season and were looking to improve that as they took on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks tonight in Lexington, Kentucky with a 9 PM Eastern Time tip off. Continue reading College Basketball – UK makes easy work of North Dakota 11-14-18

College Football – Game Preview: Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

The Kentucky Football team will be hosting the annual Senior Night festivities at Kroger Field this Saturday while playing the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. This year the fans will see 16 seniors play in their final game in Lexington. This senior class brought a lot of talent to this year’s team and will be missed next season. C.J. Conrad, Dorian Baker, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Mike Edwards, Derrick Baity Jr., Chris Westry, Darius West, David Bouvier, Jordan Jones, Josh Allen, Kengera Daniel, Tristan Yeomans, George Asafo-Adjei, Bunchy Stallings, Miles Butler, Tymere Dubose, and Adrian Middleton will all be honored. Continue reading College Football – Game Preview: Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

Pro Football – WHO DEY? SAINTS DEY!!!

Saints hammer Bengals – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

November 11, 2018 – Cincinnati, Ohio – CASEY ALLEN – Bluegrass  Sports Nation                

It was a monumental task for the Bengals. They came into the game on pace to break the single season record for most yards given up defensively.  Definitely not the best time to play a future 1st ballot Hall of Famer in Drew Brees who has set just about every passing record the NFL has.  If that wasn’t tough enough, the Saints have a two-headed monster behind Brees in Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Continue reading Pro Football – WHO DEY? SAINTS DEY!!!

College Football – Tennessee Embarrasses Kentucky 24-7

Benny Snell smothered by Tennessee defenders – Photos by Brendon Miller – BSN

November 10th, 2018 – Knoxville Tennessee – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Contributor

With a ten-win season still alive the Wildcats headed down to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville to battle the Volunteers in the 114th meeting between the two teams. The series has been historically dominated by Tennessee, but Kentucky was looking to win their second straight against the Vols. Tennessee, however, had other plans. The Vols had their way with the Cats from the first play to the last and won with a final score of 24-7. It was a game that everything went wrong for the Cats including blocked field goals, interceptions and fumbles. Continue reading College Football – Tennessee Embarrasses Kentucky 24-7

High School Football – Williamsburg Upends Hazard In Round 2 of the Playoffs

November 9, 2018 – Williamsburg, Kentucky – JJ Baker – Bluegrass Sports Nation – Hazard Football Columnist

The Hazard Bulldogs’ run to a state title appearance was cut short Friday night when they fell to the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets. Coming into the game both teams seemed evenly matched. In reality they were, to an extent. This game was eerily similar to the 2013 game where Hazard fell to the Yellow Jackets 21-7 in another muddy game that mirrored this one in nearly every aspect. Continue reading High School Football – Williamsburg Upends Hazard In Round 2 of the Playoffs

High School Football – RING the BELL for DUDLEY

Bell advances with win over Breathitt – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

November 9, 2018 – Jackson, Kentucky – CASEY ALLEN – Bluegrass Sports Nation Breathitt Football Columnist

Bell County made the trip from Log Mountain to the River Bank for a huge showdown in the Class 3A High School Football Playoffs.  Both teams dawning royal blue and white, both teams with dreams and aspirations of playing for a regional title.  One team was about to make those dreams a reality and the other was going to put the pads on for the last time. Continue reading High School Football – RING the BELL for DUDLEY

College Football – UK travels to Tennessee to get back on track

Lexington, KY – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Columnist – 11-8-18

Game Preview: Kentucky (7-2) vs. Tennessee (4-5)

This week the Kentucky Wildcats will be traveling to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The loss to Georgia has the Kentucky fans and players looking for something to lift their spirits and a win at Tennessee could be it. Tennessee may be considered Kentucky’s biggest football rival outside of the Kentucky/Louisville game and for many years the Volunteers thumped the Wildcats. However, the Cats seemed to pull past the Vols and go into Saturday’s game looking for their second win in a row. Continue reading College Football – UK travels to Tennessee to get back on track

High School Football – Hazard Will Face Williamsburg in What Could Be a Shootout in the Second Round

November 8, 2018 – Hazard, Kentucky – JJ Baker – Bluegrass Sports Nation – Hazard Football Columnist

One thing that that the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have done this year is find the end zone. With one of the most potent offenses in the state, the Bulldog defense will be tested all night long in the second round of the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Classic this Friday night in Williamsburg. Continue reading High School Football – Hazard Will Face Williamsburg in What Could Be a Shootout in the Second Round

High School Football – Battle of the Bobcats with a Regional Final on the Line

Kyle Moore and Dudley Hilton – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

November 8, 2018 – CASEY ALLEN – Bluegrass Sports Nation Breathitt Football Columnist      

       If I were to ask you, “Who comes to mind when I say Eastern Kentucky High School Football?”  Most of you would have similar answers.  In fact, most of you would have two programs on your lists, the Bell County Bobcats and the Breathitt County Bobcats.  The two programs have more in common than just their mascots. Continue reading High School Football – Battle of the Bobcats with a Regional Final on the Line

College Basketball – Battle of Bluebloods not much of a battle as Duke destroys UK

Duke dismantles UK in Champions Classic – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

DUKE TRIO OF WILLIAMSON, BARRET, AND REDDISH COMBINE FOR 83 POINTS, EMBARASSING THE CATS BY 34 POINTS IN THE CLOSING GAME OF THE CHAMPIONS CLASSIC.  DUKE 118  KENTUCKY 84.

David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation- Kentucky Basketball Beat Reporter – November 6th, 2018- Indianapolis, Indiana

The day has finally arrived, Kentucky vs Duke will help tipoff the 2018-2019 season in the primetime game of ESPN’s Champions Classic.  Throughout the summer and into the preseason, the sports world has been divided on who has the best Basketball team in the country.  Kentucky traveled to the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas dominating competition throughout the world during a four game scrimmage.  Continue reading College Basketball – Battle of Bluebloods not much of a battle as Duke destroys UK